CHAIRMANS LETTER

    It’s been a long time coming, but at last it’s here – Summer. As you can see from the outings advertised we have been busy on your behalf. Peckover House and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace I wish to bring to your attention. Peckover is an interesting Georgian House, and a visit to Octavia’s birthplace really is a must. Octavia, together with Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and Robert Hunter founded the Trust in 1895. Octavia was instrumental in safeguarding Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields in the 1880’s and with others realised that a national organisation was needed to save open spaces from developers. Another of her many concerns was social housing for the poor. All in all a very remarkable lady.

    On the back page we have some photos of the opening of our Flatford Bird Hide. The Lead Ranger of Essex and South Norfolk, David Piper is pictured. The hide was designed by David and his team to fit neatly into the landscape.                                

    Enjoy the Summer,

    Graham